Hanoi: A Vietnamese court sentenced
five Chinese men to death by firing squad for trafficking
nearly 8 tons of hashish in one of the country`s biggest drug
hauls ever, state media reported on Saturday.
The hashish, with a street value of USD 90 million was
seized from two containers full of blue jeans on a ship that
arrived in the northern port city of Hai Phong in April 2008,
a newspaper reported.
A Hong Kong-based ring planned to transport the drugs
from Vietnam to China, it said.
A court in the northern province of Quang Ninh, which
borders China, sentenced the five men Friday after a four-day
Vietnam has some of the world`s toughest drug laws. About
100 people are executed by firing squad each year, many for
committing drug-related offences.
The court ordered the hashish to be destroyed. More than
USD 180,000 and 19,758 pairs of jeans were confiscated, the
Sentenced to death were Lu Mingcheng, 52, and Wan Huilan,
42, both from China`s Guangdong province; Chan Kwok Kwong, 52,
and Ngan Chiu Kuen, 42, both from Hong Kong; and Ieong Chi
Kai, 52, from Macau.